Eye - Open I; The Battle after Terror"
"Open Eye - Open I; The Battle after Terror" is a multimedia installation that underscores the possibility of transforming a dismal past into a positive energy and emotional freedom with the help of art. The work by Shirley Barenholz depicts the rehabilitation process of Kinneret Chaya Boosany, a young Israeli woman who was seriously injured in a bomb attack carried out by a suicide killer in the cafe "My Coffeeshop" in Tel Aviv on March 30, 2002. Shirley Barenholz follows the long and painful process of Kinneret Chaya Boosany's convalescence with her camera. She began the documentation in November 2002 and is still continuing it today. The photo documentation does not only show the desperate young woman's intense fight for returning to life but also emphasises her immense power and inner beauty.
After the bomb attack and during the process of recovery, Kinneret Chaya Boosany strived to find a way to cope with her deeply affected emotions, a way she eventually found in video art, which became a means for her to deal with the trauma. In the form of the Japanese manga, she finally found the adequate medium of expression.
The poem by Nava Semel, "To the Terrorist", from the poetry book for children "The Courage to be Afraid" speaks for itself and complete the installation "Open Eye - Open I".
"I hope this project will shed as much human light as possible on 'the battle after terror'. A battle fought by many people around the world, who looked the evil of terror straight in the eyes, yet survived, and now have to rebuild their lives. Their personal battle and rehabilitation process, which can take up to years of therapy and operations, with many adaptations to make and disappointments to face, gets 'lost' in the rapidly evolving chain of political events and news coverage", Shirley Barenholz says.